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Culture, coasts, and some of the greenest lands in Canada
The Eastern Route
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The green landscapes of Eastern Canada await you on this tour across Quebec into the east—but not before venturing into some of the country’s biggest metropolises. From Toronto to Percé and back again, through the heart of Quebec, this trip across the east nestles you in the middle of some of Canada's most effervescent landscapes and culture.
The Eastern Route
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Toronto, the capital city of Ontario, is a vibrant, multicultural city that boasts an incredible range of attractions and events. Visit the world-renowned CN Tower, a national icon and one of the world’s tallest buildings, and enjoy the 360-degree city views from the top. But don’t forget to explore the boutiques, galleries, theatres and cafés of the pedestrian-only Distillery District, or hit the high-end boutiques on Bloor Street or at the Eaton's Centre.
Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city of more than one million people. Located in Ontario at the Quebec border, it’s a place where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets—where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at national sites and renowned landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Parliament Hill and national attractions. It’s a city steeped in culture—make sure you get your fix here.
A quaint parish municipality, Saint-Alexis-des-Monts evokes the charms of a French alpine village. Set on the Laurentian Mountains, the municipality is surrounded by rounded hills, deep valleys and thick forestry. The Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve) which comprises 65% of the territory of the municipality, making the region an outdoor adventurers dream. Here, you’ll be able to explore the many hiking trails or discover the wildlife in the Mastigouche Reserve, so keep an eye out for the amazing wildlife around.
From Toronto, a different kind of city awaits you in Quebec City, the heart of French Canada. The historic district of the city, Old Quebec, is a UNESCO-listed heritage site, and offers many unique historical quirks to see. It also is a reminder of how diverse the country is: as you tour around its cobblestone streets, the cafes, bars, and delicious eateries you find here are a delicious melange between French and Canadian cultures.
Now including five formerly separate villages, La Malbaie was one of Canada's first holiday resorts. The region is a natural amphitheatre, displaying the spectacular views over the St. Lawrence River. Explore the region’s spectacular parks including the Parc des Hautes Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie, which includes some of the highest rock faces east of the Rockies, or Les Jardins du Cap à l'Aigle, which contains 800 different types of lilacs.
Situated on the banks of Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, lively Rimouski takes your tour into a more nature-filled direction. Founded in the 17th century, this coastal town has a distinctly modern feel, and a youthful heartbeat thanks to its huge student population. The city has a rich maritime history which can be explored at both the Maritime Museum and the Point Au Pere lighthouse. Rimouski serves as a cultural hub for the region—so dip into some local joys here.
The town of Bonaventure is situated on the south coast of the Gaspé Peninsula in French-speaking Quebec, and is the perfect place to recharge your batteries on the tour. A historic seaside town with a welcoming population and a host of independent shops, the city is perfect to jaunt around. restaurants and cafes. Indulge in some of the outdoor activities include a trip to the sandy Chaleur Bay and a spot of salmon fishing or kayaking along the crystal-clear Bonaventure River.
The real verdant colour of Canada comes alive in Percé, one of the gems of the Quebec province. Here, you’ll be able to overlook the Percé Rock, a large, sheer rock formation that juts out from the most eastern tip of the town. As the sun shines down, breathe in the natural air that makes this small town a mecca for those seeking tranquillity and unspoiled green.
The small town of Saints-Anne-Des-Monts is located in Quebec’s Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region. The town draws visitors thanks to its proximity to a number of natural features such as the Chic Choc mountains, the shores of the Saint Lawrence River estuary and Gaspéise National Park. Explore the cross-country skiing and hiking available here, especially in the Chic Choc mountains and Gaspésie National Park, where you may be lucky enough to spot both moose and caribou.
Rivière-du-Loup is located on the shore of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, a quaint coastal city surrounded by a feast of natural wonders, including the Parc des Chutes, which contains a spectacular 108-foot waterfall. The city is a perfect destination for all seasons—take a boat across the picturesque St. Lawrence, where you’ll have the chance to explore the river’s untouched freshwater islands.
Montreal boasts more than an impressive international diversity. With more than 100 music, dance, and art festivals a year, Canada’s second-largest city exudes cultural richness. Its wide array of cultural activities extends to the city’s ambiance: whether meandering down the Old Town’s historic alleys, eating a late-night poutine after sampling the city’s nightlife, or gazing upon the Notre-Dame, Montreal hooks you in its rhythm.
Canada’s first capital city, founded in 1673, Kingston is the final point of your eastern Canadian tour. A place where food, music and the arts are celebrated with fervour and passion, this city boasts a large number of historic buildings, including the collective Forts of Kingston, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is no better way to end a tour of the east than here, in one of the country’s oldest cities.
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